Year 12 | 27 January 2020 | TO ENTER | TO REGISTER

United States congress declares pizza sauce a vegetable

Congress recently unveiled a new bill which includes language that will allow a serving of pizza to be considered a vegetable if spread with two tablespoons of tomato paste.

The bill would deny funding to the new school meal nutrition standards
that were proposed earlier this year by the USDA. Those standards
include increasing the availability of fruits and vegetables on the
school lunch menu while limiting the availability of high sodium items
and starchy vegetables such as potatoes.

According to a statement from Margo Wootan, the Nutrition Policy
Director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, “This
legislation may go down in nutritional history as a bigger blunder
than when the Reagan Administration tried (but failed) to credit
ketchup as a vegetable in the school lunch program. Pizza should be
served with a vegetable, not count as one.”

The bill comes in response to heavy lobbying campaigns from large food
corporations that wanted to fight the proposed USDA standards.
“Although many people are outraged by the bill, this does not surprise
me,” said Timothy Ward, Vice President of Operations for Athletic
Revolution International, the fastest growing youth fitness franchise
organization in the country.

“What we have to realize is that businesses are always going to try
and protect their own revenue streams. It is up to us as responsible
adults to empower our kids to make healthy food choices. We have the
power to change lives regardless of what the government decides to

Jason Yun, owner of an Athletic Revolution franchise in Hilliard and Columbus, OH could not agree more. At Athletic Revolution, kids and teens
6-18 years old are given the opportunity to learn the value of
physical activity and healthy food choices on their health and
wellness… as are their parents.

“All we need to do is take personal responsibility for the well-being
of our children our young athletes and the community. If we do that,
everything will work out just fine," said Yun, "Congress is basically telling kids and people in general it's ok to eat more pizza. There is an obesity epidemic which is getting worse every year. The last thing we need is kids eating more pizza."

And it’s true. What kind of vegetables did you serve your kids at
dinner last night? When was the last time you enjoyed participating in
free play with your kids at the local park? If you aren’t ashamed to
answer those questions, your kids are probably happy and healthy.

In an effort to help parents help their kids, Athletic Revolution will
be giving away as a holiday gift one free month of fun and fitness
training to all kids aged 6-18 in the Hilliard area if they register before the New Year. To take advantage of this opportunity, contact Athletic Revolution Hilliard- or call 614-432-9703.

“With or without the government’s support, we will continue fighting
to keep the kids of Hilliard healthy. Columbus has some great programs already in place with 10 TV's Commit To Be Fit program. But nutrition is a very important part of any child's day. Good nutrition will give them more energy and strength throughout the day so they can be better students as well as excelling in sports or fitness classes like we do at Athletic Revolution," proclaims Yun, "Parents please be proactive with your children and use common sense--- does feeding Pizza to your kids seem like the best way to get vegetables for your kids?"

by S. C.
20 november 2011, World News > America